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Plant-Based Cooking Class Starts Aug. 21 at WRC

Food PhotoBobbi Ginder will share her favorite recipes for a variety of healthy dishes in Olney Central College’s new plant-based cooking class.

“I am so excited to teach others how to do this,” said Ginder. “Eating healthier isn’t boring, it’s exciting and it makes you feel so much better. All the foods are plant-based, vegan cooking — no animal and no dairy products.”

The class HEC 1298 Plant-Based Cooking and Living will meet at the West Richland Center in Noble from 6 to 7:40 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 21.

Each week students will learn step-by-step how to prepare new items ranging from sauces and grains to soups, baked goods and even desserts. Ginder also will offer tips for preparing holiday favorites like pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and cinnamon rolls.

Other sessions will focus on Mexican and Italian specialties including potato tacos and a delicious garlicky alfredo sauce made with cashews and almond milk. Participants also will learn how to prep plant-based lunches for an entire week.

During the course, Ginder will even touch on various aspects of environmentally friendly living including the benefits of recycling, making your own cleaning products and choosing low-waste products.

Ginder chose to change her eating habits after a consultation with a naturopathic doctor who advised her to eliminate meat, dairy and eggs for health reasons. That is when she began searching for recipes that would recreate her family’s favorite meals.

“It was a lot of trial and error,” Ginder said. “Changing our eating habits has made a big difference. My whole family feels better. Now, I want to teach others plant-based cooking so they can take charge of their health and change their eating habits for the better.”

For more information or to register for the class, call 618-395-7777.

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